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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2228"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/9,0,156,147/34492_33323_almedin_smajlovic_18.rev.1478535593.jpg" alt="Almedin Smajlovic ’18" title="Almedin Smajlovic ’18" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="182"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “I’m <strong>not just a number</strong> in a class; I’m an individual person.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2228">Almedin came to Lake Forest College from Bosnia and Herzegovina. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/apply/international/" target="_blank">International Students</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/617"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,60,267,327/27750_kiersten.rev.1441134552.jpg" alt="Kiersten Kolstad" title="Kiersten Kolstad" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="267" data-max-h="387"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “While doing the In The Loop program in Chicago, when I wasn’t interning at Second City or taking classes, I spent my time in theater productions and student films.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/617">Today, Kiersten Kolstad ’15 works at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/careers/internships/" target="_blank">Internships</a></li><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/programs/theater/" target="_blank">Department of Theater</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/617"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/143,0,509,367/28948_plagens.rev.1445531147.jpg" alt="Doug Plagens" title="Doug Plagens" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="650" data-max-h="366"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p class="p1"> “I was able to <strong>get my feet wet and develop my style</strong> announcing Forester hockey on the College radio station.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/617">Doug is now the voice of the NHL’s Florida Panthers. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/programs/communication/" target="_blank">Communication</a></li><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="http://wmxm.org/" target="_blank">WMXM 88.9 FM</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2383"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/57,21,230,193/37366_35957_img_3862.rev.1493995677.jpg" alt="Ashley Lamarre ’18" title="Ashley Lamarre ’18" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="343"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Coming from New York City, my first reaction was, ‘<strong>It’s very peaceful here.</strong>’ I liked that.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2383">Ashley advises getting involved in as many activities as possible to make campus feel like home. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/studentlife/" target="_blank">Student Life</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/753"><img src="/live/image/gid/10/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,960/29715_julia_lovelace.rev.1449526042.jpg" alt="Julia Lovelace ’18" title="Julia Lovelace ’18" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/10/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,960/29715_julia_lovelace.rev.1449526042.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/10/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,960/29715_julia_lovelace.rev.1449526042.jpg 3x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="960"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “I have found it so easy to <strong>build personal relationships with the faculty</strong>, and that has helped make my first few semesters of college so much smoother.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/753">Julia hasn’t met a professor she didn’t like. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2258"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,230,280/34843_34828__dsc0667_offset.rev.1480527906.jpg" alt="Medora Sweet ’17" title="Medora Sweet ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="280"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “When I came on campus for a tour, I heard lot of people speaking different languages in the Caf, walking through the library, everywhere. I knew <strong>I needed to be here</strong>.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2258">Medora chose Lake Forest over other colleges because of its diversity. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/studentlife/intercultural/" target="_blank">Intercultural Relations</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2122"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,640,640/32835_25145_146479883706829.rev.1471533964.jpg" alt="Casey Cusano ’17" title="Casey Cusano ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,640,640/32835_25145_146479883706829.rev.1471533964.jpg 2x" data-max-w="640" data-max-h="640"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “I wanted a more <strong>collaborative</strong> and <strong>tight-knit community</strong>, which is exactly what I’ve experienced as a Forester.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2122">Casey transferred to Lake Forest to study biology. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2291"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/847,172,1576,901/35131_img2546jpg.rev.1484759415.jpg" alt="Zachary Kelvington ’17" title="Zachary Kelvington ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/847,172,1576,901/35131_img2546jpg.rev.1484759415.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/847,172,1576,901/35131_img2546jpg.rev.1484759415.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Take classes in what you’re interested in and <strong>what you love</strong>. Don’t do what you think will make you the most money.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2291">Zachary found his passion in elementary school education. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/613"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,640,474/27696_jl_with_banjo.rev.1440704062.jpg" alt="Justin Lansing ’07" title="Justin Lansing ’07" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="640" data-max-h="474"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Studying abroad in Costa Rica opened my worldview. I was attracted to Spanish because of the musical nature of learning a language.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/613">Today, Justin Lansing ’07 is a Grammy-winning musician. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/offcampus/" target="_blank">Off-Campus Study</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/625"><img src="/live/image/gid/136/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,16,427,443/27835_unknown.rev.1441738453.jpeg" alt="Nissa Anderson" title="Nissa Anderson" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="427" data-max-h="640"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “<strong>You’re going to work harder than you ever have in your life. </strong>But if you are serious about wanting to make a difference, <em>this is where you should be.</em>”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/625">Nissa is getting her master’s in music education » </a><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/programs/musiced/" target="_blank">Music Education</a></li><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/programs/music/" target="_blank">Department of Music</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2246"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/50,2,230,181/34798_34538_img_1619.rev.1480353184.jpg" alt="Nikoletta Raso ’17" title="Nikoletta Raso ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="345"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “As a Chicagoan, Lake Forest College has given me the space and opportunities I needed to <strong>reconnect with the city</strong>. It’s given me new-found confidence.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2246">Nikoletta participated in the In the Loop Program and became a Chicago Ambassador. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/chicago/" target="_blank">Access Chicago</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/603"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/457,0,1460,1002/27563_unknown.rev.1439829791.jpeg" alt="Gaëlle Hollandbeck ’12" title="Gaëlle Hollandbeck ’12" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/457,0,1460,1002/27563_unknown.rev.1439829791.jpeg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/457,0,1460,1002/27563_unknown.rev.1439829791.jpeg 3x" data-max-w="1820" data-max-h="2046"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Studying abroad in Paris and Costa Rica made my junior year and gave me experiences I would not trade for anything.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/603">Gaëlle Hollandbeck ’12 explored the world and double majored. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/programs/" target="_blank">Majors and Minors</a></li><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/offcampus/" target="_blank">Off-Campus Study</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2230"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,230,173/34501_34446_unknown_1.rev.1478540664.jpg" alt="Paul Hodits ’17" title="Paul Hodits ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="173"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Lake Forest has helped me develop my own thinking and <strong>my own identity</strong>.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2230">Paul was a commuter student who took advantage of on-campus opportunities. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/admitted/fall/life/commuters.php" target="_blank">Commuters</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/1996"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/32305_dan_turk.rev.1464278090.jpg" alt="Dan Turk ’15" title="Dan Turk ’15" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/32305_dan_turk.rev.1464278090.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/32305_dan_turk.rev.1464278090.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “One of the things we’re very fortunate to have at Lake Forest College is <strong>alumni support</strong> for our students.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/1996">Dan Turk ’15, an investment banking analyst at Moelis & Company in New York City, came back to campus to share vital insights about this competitive field. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2363"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/331,0,1560,1229/35597_img36792jpg.rev.1487092027.jpg" alt="Ananias McGee ’17" title="Ananias McGee ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/331,0,1560,1229/35597_img36792jpg.rev.1487092027.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/331,0,1560,1229/35597_img36792jpg.rev.1487092027.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1356"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “I want to be a mentor and <strong>make a difference</strong>.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2363">Ananias’ campus involvement helped him find his passion. </a>